Berry's gentlemanly prose is a velvet glove clothing a rather devastating critique of E.O. Wilson's Consilience, and its attempt to subsume all human knowledge and experience -- artistic and religious -- within an ''imperialistic materialism.'' Berry Brings together a sympathy with religious experience, intimacy with the natural order, and an easy literary genius to integrate the ''two cultures'' of science and the humanities when they should be integrated, and to separate them when they should be separated. We were tempted to start quoting him, but then realized that we would simply be reprinting the whole book in our own pages. We can only tell you that reading this book will shed light on what it means to live in the modern world without amputating either our rational or spiritual antennae. 153 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
In Life Is a Miracle, the devotion of science to the quantitative and reductionist world is measured against the mysterious, qualitative suggestions of religion and art. Berry sees life as the collision of these separate forces, but without all three in the mix we are left at sea in the world.